2021 GOG Award Winners

Announcing the WINNERS of the 2021 GOG AWARDS

Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 GOG Awards! This year marked the 44th edition of the awards, which recognize outstanding achievement, artistic merit, and excellence across Ontario’s public art gallery sector.

On Monday, November 29, 2021, professionals from across the sector gathered virtually to celebrate the institutions and individuals nominated for the prestigious awards. The GOG Awards traditionally recognize excellence in ten categories; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s awards commemorated accomplishments in Exhibitions, Public Programs, and Lifetime Achievement. 

We are also pleased to launch this year’s charitable giving campaign. Donations to GOG will help us to assist in the professional development of our members, create new initiatives, and enhance the digitization of GOG. To donate to our organization directly, visit our Canada Helps page here.

Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients and nominees! Each winner is listed by title, gallery team, artists, organization. 


Exhibition of the Year Budget over $50,000

Burning Glass, Reading Stone

Alison Cooley, Michael DiRisio, Fraser McCallum, Saša Rajšić, Christine Shaw, Laura Tibi, Curators

Saša Rajšić, Exhibition Coordinator

Saša Rajšić, Gallery Installation Team

Jumana Emil Abboud, Rouzbeh Akhbari, American Artist, Yto Barrada, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Black Quantum Futurism, Sasha Davai (Alexandra Lapina), Forensic Oceanography, Martina Pozzan, Yassine Rachidi, Oscar Santillán, Jon Sasaki, Erdem Taşdelen, Shaheer Zazai, Artists

Omar Berrada, Faye Driscoll, Dina Georgis, Laurie Kang, Jessica Karuhanga, Xuan Ye, Bruno Alves de Almeida, Readers in Residence

Blackwood Gallery, 2020-2021

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000 

Deanna Bowen: Black Drones in the Hive

Crystal Mowry, Curator

Crystal Mowry, Exhibition Designer

Jennifer Bullock, Assistant Curator/Registrar

Žana Kozomora, Curatorial Assistant

Britt Sostar, Preparator

Britt Sostar, Sarah Kernohan, Jennifer Bullock, Žana Kozomora, Alexandra Nelson, Nick Breton, Joshua Vettivelu, Gallery Installation Team

Deanna Bowen (with Archer Pechawis and selections from the KWAG Permanent collection), Artists

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 2020-2021

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000 

Piitwewetam: Making is Medicine

Leanna Marshall, Jean Marshall, Curators

Leanna Marshall, Jean Marshall, Exhibition Designers

Damon Dowback, Meaghan Eley, Damian Rivers-Moore, Jean Marshall, Leanna Marshall, Gallery Installation Team

Shannon Gustafson, Ryan Gustafson, Jade Gustafson, Justine Gustafson, Artists

Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 2021

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $10,000

Luke Parnell: Repeat the Chorus Three Times

Anik Glaude, Curator

Anik Glaude, Exhibition Designer

Anik Glaude, Exhibition Coordinator

Phil Scott, John Abrams, Gallery Installation Team

Luke Parnell, Artist

Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2021


Public Program

Running with Concepts: The Mediatic Edition

Alison Cooley and Fraser McCallum, Co-organizers

Adwoa Afful, Kristen Bos, Meredith Broussard, Anita Say Chan, Beth Coleman, Sonia Corrêa, T.L. Cowan & Jasmine Rault, Heather Dorries, Ellen Graham & John Kim, Rick Harp, Shalini Kantayya, Nora N. Khan, Kite, Sean Lee, Anita Li, Carol Linnitt, Esery Mondesir, Kristine Neglia, Pedro Neves Marques, Ogimaa Mikana Project (Susan Blight & Hayden King), Carmen Papalia, Mike Pepi, Karyn Pugliese, Nicky Recollet, Tiara Roxanne, Caroline Sinders, Brett Story, Lewis Raven Wallace, Bianca Wylie. Emily Fitzpatrick, Cassandra Gemmell, Kat Germain, Parker Kay, Olivia Klevorn, Matthew Ledwidge, Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik, Estraven Lupino-Smith, Matt Nish Lapidus, Jennifer Su, Polina Teif, Pegah Vaezi,  D.T. Cochrane, Emily Doucet, Zinnia Naqvi, Aliya Pabani, Artists

Blackwood Gallery, 2020-2021


Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian Meehan

Museum London

This year’s event would not have been possible without our incredible sponsors.

Thank you to our jurors who diligently peer assessed the nominations! 

Jurors: Nadia Kurd, Vince Rozario and Clayton Windatt

Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) has a 50 year history as an arts service organization (ASO) which represents over 260 members—public art galleries, museums, artist-run-centres, and arts organizations. Over 40 years, its annual award program has been defining the standards of excellence for the visual arts in Canada. Through advocacy on issues, policy, legislation to all levels of government, and delivery of innovative and cutting-edge professional development opportunities and network-building, GOG advances, empowers, and strengthens the visual arts sector in Canada. 

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